Brian May, the guitar player for the British rock band Queen, is pointing his finger at everyone but Muslim extremists for being responsible for the bloodshed that claimed 22 lives at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.
Even though he finds it “impossible to imagine the kind of hatred that has to exist in someone if they would bomb children,” May feels the reason that hatred builds inside a suicide bomber is all because we bombed them first.
And just like Democrats who live by the mantra “never let a crisis go to waste,” May said, “I’m afraid I regard everything as an opportunity. You know, out of tragedy comes knowledge and realization.”
May said terrorist attacks like this one at a pop concert, or in the U.S. on 9/11, are an “opportunity to reevaluate ourselves:”
“I think we failed to do that in 9/11 and we went on bombing people. Tony Blair, David Cameron, still have this attitude that you can solve a violent situation by violence. I don’t believe that. I believe we have to sweep all that away and start again.
“If we really think that we can solve this kind of violent behavior by being violent ourselves, and being racist and reacting in that way, then we are in for the most terrible tragedy for the world. Because this is how it escalates.
“To me, you have to break the cycle of violence and you have to treat horrific events with compassion strangely enough. I don’t mean compassion for the person who did the bombing, I mean, you have to look at the world and say, ‘What part do we play in the world?’”
May said security needs to be tightened for sure, but feels introspection will be what stops Islamic terrorism. The big question in his mind is this: “Why does the world hate us that much? There are reasons and I think we should dismantle everything that’s gone before. Start again.”
Queen will play the Manchester Arena in December, fronted by American Idol’s Adam Lambert. Hopefully by then we in the West will take May's wise, self-loathing advice and stop doing things that cause "the world" to hate us so much, so that "the world" won't feel the need to retaliate by detonating another nail bomb among the innocent concertgoers.